Good personal injury lawyers
Why do you need a (decent) workcover lawyer?
Do I need a lawyer? Yes! This is the number one question asked by just about every (more seriously *) injured worker, and we say this without the slightest hesitation. The only bargain or leverage you’re going to find in this sick and twisted system, is your right to have a lawyer of your choice represent you.
Without a lawyer specialising in workers’ compensation, you basically have little to no chance of getting what is rightfully yours – it’s that simple.
You see workcover insurance companies use nothing but a form of “anti- compensation terrorism” that starts the minute you enter the system, especially once you start claiming for lost time.
Your weekly payments start getting late for no reason and your endless calls to your case manager get you nowhere. You then call your state’s workcover authority – for example the Victorian WorkSafe “Advisory Service” and they’re on a break or really can’t help you unless you have a ‘denial notice’ (for conciliation). Weeks go by, still nothing… you and your family now struggle to put food on the table… the panic really sets in. What do you do? Take it from us, get a lawyer at the first sign of trouble! Decent lawyers will help you with ensuring you obtain what is rightfully yours (such as weekly pay, home help, taxi, physio, even surgery etc) as part of their service (and usually at no extra cost).
Worker’s compensation (or personal injury) lawyers are actually your very last line of defense against a multi-billion dollar, profiteering workcover-insurance industry.
If you have been (trying to) representing yourself up to now, you can -and should- switch and get represented by a lawyer now. Just walk into an office of a reputable workers’ compensation lawyer/ law firm and say you want to be represented. First consultations are free of charge, so ‘shop’ around if you don’t feel comfortable with the first (couple) you consult.
You’re probably wondering why the authors (and the founder) of such (yes, totally amazing) blog on the ins and out of workcover compensation is telling to get a lawyer. We can tell you the reason why you need a lawyer in three little but big meaning words: “insurance company lawyers”aka the defence lawyers (see below for a list) for the very deep pocketed workcover insurance companies. Most of the trouble injured workers will eventually face with their workcover claims – i.e. comes settlement time for example – can be traced directly to these
parasites, excuse our French, defense lawyers.
Many of those defense lawyers have probably caused more pain and suffering to injured workers than any combined physical and psychiatric injury or trauma imaginable. They’re immoral, their job is immoral and they are ruthless.
Unless you know your rights and how to protect them, defense lawyers for the insurance company will pay their bills with your mistakes. Please don’t make it easy for those immortal
parasites defense lawyers, get a good lawyer.
(* by more seriously we mean, more than just spraining your ankle or suffering from for example a broken leg that will heal with no complications within 4-6 weeks)
What is a decent lawyer?
In a nutshell there are basically only two kinds of lawyers: Those who remember your name and those who don’t – simple! Those who rip injured workers off fall under those who don’t remember your name.
Some workers comp lawyers are definitely the real thing. They care about their clients – us – the injured workers. Unfortunately those genuine, caring lawyers are harder and harder to find.
The worst lawyers are the assembly-line-factory-type lawyers or law firms (aka sharks or ambulance chasers).
They are strictly in the business for the quick money.
They represent hundreds of injured workers at one given time, so many that we know of one such a lawyer talk five injured sods into settling in one and a half hours! This shark- by the way -also had to have his PA call out the injured workers’ names before he went into “conference” mode, because he couldn’t even remember their faces or their claims! These lawyers often talk about “take it and run” – be very very careful!
Decent workers compensation Lawyers
In this (and the comment) section we’ll list some decent workers compensation lawyers – based on “word of mouth” reputation from injured workers
Please contact our beloved, good-looking (hey girls!), down to earth, warm, empathic but “kick-ass” Managing Associate – Lawyer John Typaldos. The most compassionate and ethical lawyer we have ever met!
Contact: Mal Byrnes
Beware of UNION-affiliated lawyers
Disgraced personal injury lawyers
- Sam Bektas – former VCL principal (Vic) → VCL Personal injury lawyer Sam Bektas banned for overcharging vulnerable injured workers
- Paul O’Halloran (WA) → Disgraced WA personal injury lawyer grossly overcharged injured workers
Fined workers compensation lawyers
- Robert Bryden and Lee Hagipantelis, of Brydens Compensation Lawyers —were fined $96,000 for professional misconduct. Read case
Lawyers or law firms to avoid
Below is a list of workers compensation specialists who work for the defense side – that is, they defend the greedy workcover insurers (and employers), and should therefore best be avoided by injured workers! We’re not saying they are bad lawyers, immoral or whatever, but they do defend the insurers (and employers).
Workers’ Compensation Law Specialists to avoid by injured workers for obvious reasons include:
- Australian Business Lawyers
- Clayton Utz
- Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- DLA Piper
- Gadens Lawyers
- Hall & Wilcox Lawyers – on the legal panels of three of Australia’s top general insurers – Allianz Australia, Insurance Australia Group and QBE Insurance Australia Limited.
- Harmers Workplace Lawyers
- Henry Davis York
- Herbert Smith Freehills
- Holman Webb
- K&L Gates
- King & Wood Mallesons
- Lander & Rogers Lawyers
- Mills Oakley Lawyers
- Minter Ellison Lawyers
- MVM Legal
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Sparke Helmore
- Turner Freeman
We regularly publish cases involving bad lawyers. You can find them by searching under the tag or category “lawyer”.